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Cedar hoops win over Kent City, Northview


By Rebekah Cronk

The varsity basketball team went head to head with Kent City on Tuesday, January 19. It was a close game, but the Red Hawks took the victory with an ending score of 56-49.

The varsity team had three players score in double figures on Tuesday evening. Taylor VanDyke had with 15, Nikc Jackson had 13, and Dustin Shaw added 10.

Not only did the varsity team take the win on Tuesday against Kent City but they won yet again on Friday, January 22 against Northview. The team won by a score of 52-42.

The team was led by Nikc Jackson with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Taylor VanDyke had 10 points and a game high of 14 rebounds.

“All but one of our games in January have been away and anytime you can get wins on the road is an accomplishment,” said varsity basketball coach, Jeff Patin. “So we feel good about getting both of those wins. Also, the wins against Kent City and Northview will help us gain some momentum as we enter the halfway point of the season.”

The varsity team has suffered some losses since the start of the season, but with improvement and hard work, they have taken wins the last two weeks.

“Our team defense has been pretty consistent throughout the season and our team offense is starting to come around now. Being able to win even though you haven’t played your best yet, has given us the drive to keep continuing to improve,” said Patin.

On a roll 

The team felt as though winning against Kent City and Northview was crucial after their win against Greenville the week before.

“We felt it was important for us to play well after our first conference win against Greenville.  It [was] exam week for Cedar Springs students, so that added another dimension to our weekly preparations,” said Patin.

The team worked hard and took the victory against Kent City and Northview, despite the pressure of school.

“Throughout the season, thus far, we’ve gotten some good individual contributions from Taylor VanDyke, Nikc Jackson, Jameson Pavelka, Dustin Shaw, and Je’len Jackson.  Knowing that we have a different person who can step up on any given night is a nice feeling to have,” said Patin.

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Cedar Springs boys win against Greenville


The Cedar Springs Red Hawks are now 1-1 in conference after their win over Greenville. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks are now 1-1 in conference after their win over Greenville.
Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

By Rebekah Cronk

Friday, January 15th was the first and only home basketball game for the month of January and every player and fan were anxious to win against Greenville.

“We didn’t shoot the ball very well from field or from the free-throw line.  Our defense was okay, but when you don’t shoot well you put so much pressure on your defense to keep coming up with stops,” said varsity basketball coach, Jeff Patin.

Although, the varsity team was struggling with shooting the ball, they were able to take a victory against Greenville, with an ending score of 60-51. The varsity team was led by three guys  in the double figures: Dustin Shaw with 13, Je’len Jackson 12, and Jameson Pavelka with 12.

“The win on Friday evened our record to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference,” said Patin.

The Friday night win against Greenville had the boys confident again, but they are still striving to improve their skills, and as a team.

“We feel good about the win knowing that we can still play better, [but] we are continuing to improve and find our rhythm,” said Patin.

The boys are continuing to work hard to try and accomplish the goals they have set as a team.

“We set several goals this year as a team and one [goal] was to win the conference championship,” said Patin.

The goal the team set to win the conference championship is a goal that not only the players would like to accomplish, but a goal that the fans would like to see met as well.

The team played Kent City on Tuesday, January 19, and they play Northview this Friday, January 22. See next week’s Post for coverage of those games.

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Red Hawks win hoops opener against Kelloggsville


 

Coach reveals what they will do to be successful this season

By Rebekah Cronk

It was the first game of the season and the heart of every player was racing, hands were sweating, and the pressure to win was overpowering. Sneakers squeaked and scuffed against the gymnasium floors as the players shuffled along the court; words of encouragement were shouted as the ball was dribbled and passed.

The fans went wild Tuesday night, December 8, when Jameson Pavelka led the Cedar Springs Varsity basketball team to scoring 23 points, including making 4 of 6 from the three point range. Nikc Jackson and Taylor VanDyke also scored in the double digits, with Jackson putting up 11 points and VanDyke adding 10. Jackson also pulled down 16 rebounds.

“We won at Kelloggsville 59-39. We had a slow start shooting the ball, but came out in the third quarter strong defensively as well as knocking down some shots,” said Cedar Springs Varsity basketball coach, Jeff Patin.

The victory for the basketball team’s first game at Kelloggsville will be one of many to come. Coach Jeff Patin has a great deal of faith in the boys and feels as though they will have a strong season if they put forth their best efforts.

“We are going to try and give our best efforts. We have the ability to do well this season and we will try to continue to improve as the season moves on,” said Patin.

Patin said that in order to become more successful this year, there needs to be more balance between their outside and inside game, but having a group of boys that work well together is what helps them become successful too.

“We have a great group of young men,” said Patin. “Each one brings their own unique personality and skills to our team. The joy I get from coaching is finding ways to get them to play as one, and have each other’s backs. The memories created going through this process is what has impacted me.”

“To help us be successful this season, we hope that [the fans] can continue to support us and be a positive example for other teams and communities,” said Patin.

 

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Chargers Own Senior Night, Sweep the Grizzlies


 

The Creative Technologies Academy boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have been known as road warriors, but on February 20th, the Chargers were able to play their one and only “home” game of the season for Senior Night at Grace Bible College.

The girls’ team was up first, taking on the Grizzlies of Grattan Academy. The teams had met twice before during the season, with Grattan coming out with tight victories on each occasion. This time, however, the Lady Chargers were not to be denied. CTA led throughout the entire game, and fought to a 40-32 victory.

It was an emotional night for Charger seniors Olivia Wortz (4 points, 8 rebounds) and Hannah Hubbard (9 points, 7 rebounds). In a very physical game, Wortz and Hubbard kept their composure and used their senior leadership to lead the Chargers to the eight point victory. Junior Aubrey Slocum had the first double-double of her career with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and sophomore Holly Fahling chipped in 10 points of her own.

The boys had a fierce battle themselves, as they took on a Grizzlies team who had played them closely in their first two meetings. The Chargers got off to a strong start, leading by as many as 18 in the first half. One key of the game was to slow down the Grattan point guard, and CTA did just that. They forced him into four first half fouls, which made him sit for much of the first half.

The third quarter started off slowly for the Chargers, as Grattan cut the lead down to five on back to back banked in three pointers, but senior Logan Ogden led a Charger run which eventually led them to a 50-34 victory.

Ogden had another double-double for the Chargers with 13 points and 10 rebounds in his last home game. Freshmen Dawson Armstrong finished with a team high 16 points, and sophomore Brandon Beck scored 15 after sitting out the last meeting with the Grizzlies with a sprained ankle.

It was certainly a senior night to remember for Creative Technologies Academy, and it was a great way to go into the offeason.

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Boys Basketball Preview


 

Chargers Look to Flip the Script in 14-15

The Creative Technologies Academy boys basketball team had a few highlight moments during last year’s basketball campaign, but unfortunately were unable to come up with any victories. This year, the players and coaches are confident that a young Chargers team can turn it around.

Led by second year head coach Scott Bultman, the Chargers have gained a year of experience playing with each other, and are looking for quite a few victories on the scoreboard this season. Senior and team co-captain Preston Hawkins likes what he has seen in his team this preseason. “I believe our team is a lot better than last year” Said Hawkins. “We are much deeper than we were. I expect us to win at least half of our games this season.”

Joining Hawkins as the only other upperclassmen on the Charger roster is the other co-captain, senior Hunter George, senior Logan Ogden, and junior Nate Marble. Although young, the Chargers have many younger players who earned valuable experience from playing on the team last year. CTA has two very athletic wings who are poised for great things this year in sophomore Brandon Beck and freshman Dawson Armstrong. Armstrong sees a couple of keys for his team to have a successful season. “In practice we are doing a much better job of minimizing turnovers and we are being much more patient offensively, which will help us during the season.”

A couple of other returning players who are expected to see a lot of minutes this year are freshman James Hofstra, and sophomores Logan Colter and Bailey Hawkins. Hofstra will be stepping into the starting point guard role this season. “It is very important that we are unselfish as a team this season” said Hofstra. “We have been working a lot on our team chemistry, and are moving the ball very well.”

Sophomore Tim DeVries, who is in his first year at Creative Technologies Academy, likes what he has seen in the team so far. “There is a lot more talent here than where I had played before. We work very hard defensively, and coach Bultman makes sure we are very well conditioned.”

Rounding up the roster for the Chargers are sophomores Jackson Bowers and Jared Bouma, eighth grader Charles Wortz, and seventh graders Luke Hubbard and Collin Bishop.

The Chargers have a 16 game schedule this season, and begin the season Tuesday, December 16, at the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science. Best of luck this season to Coach Bultman and the Chargers of Creative Technologies Academy.

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Lady Chargers Excited for new start in 2014-15


 

In a season full of new faces, the Creative Technologies Academy Lady Chargers basketball team is prepared to take the court and get back to business.  Led by first year head coaches Gerry Verwey and Danielle Davies, the Chargers will look much different from a year ago. Gone are five seniors and one foreign exchange student, but a few familiar faces still remain.

The CTA Lady Chargers are led this year by their two senior co-captains Olivia Wortz and Hannah Hubbard. Both have been four year varsity players, and have improved both their basketball and their leadership skills in the offseason.

“This year, we expect to be great defensively,” said Hubbard. “We are very active with our hands and feet, and we are much better in terms of defensive communication this year.”

Joining Wortz and Hubbard as returning players are Juniors Kaleigh Keech, Aubrey Slocum, and Annalise VanEnk, as well as Sophomores Holly Fahling and Vicky Hanes.

With only seven high school players on the team, Coach Verwey has had to look down to the middle school to fill out the rest of his roster. Eigth grader Brin Calkins, a returner from last year, is out for at least six weeks with a broken wrist. Fellow eigth grader Hayley Miller is in her first year of competitive basketball, and is joined by seventh graders Hannah Hofstra, Faith Watson, Annie Rabideau, and Taylor Stong.

“We have a great team full of hard workers” said VanEnk. “Our biggest focus right now is our team chemistry. With so many new players, we have a lot of work to do, and I think we have been doing a great job so far.”

The Lady Chargers begin their season Tuesday, December 16, at the West Michigan School of Environmental Science. Let another great season of Lady Charger basketball begin.

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Red Hawk boys basketball ends season at districts


Brad Brechting going for the shot.

Brad Brechting going for the shot.

By Kendra Coons 

The boys varsity basketball season has finally come to a close. The Red Hawks took on Sparta, and Forest Hills Northern last week. And on Monday, February 3, the Red Hawks played their first round of Districts against Rockford. Cedar Springs did defeat Sparta 58-42, but unfortunately lost to FHN 58-53 and lost in the first round of Districts against Rockford 59-55. The varsity team ended up 12-9 overall, and 6-4 in conference.

The Sparta game was held on Tuesday, February 25. In the first half, the Spartans scored a total of 24 points, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Red Hawks and they scored a total of 30 points. In the second half, the Spartans scored 18 more points to bring their score to 42. The Red Hawks scored 28 more points making the final score 58-42, with the Red Hawks taking home the win.

“We played a much better second half in which we got back to some things that had been successful for us earlier in the season,” commented head Coach Jeff Patin.

During the Sparta game, sophomore Taylor VanDyke and junior Brad Brechting led the team in total points coming in at 12 each. Senior Mitchell Kooiman also scored for the Red Hawks scoring a total of 8 points for the game. Seniors Aaron Mabie and senior Dakota Bekins also contributed with 5 points.

“It was a good road win for us in the last week of the season,” stated Coach Patin.

On Thursday February 27, the Red Hawks played their last conference game of the season against Forest Hills Northern.

In the first half, the Huskies had a lead of 28-21 over the Red Hawks. In the second half, Cedar Springs tried to fight back and scored 30 more points, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead away from the Huskies, who scored 32 points to take home the win 58-53.

“This game was a physical battle from start to finish. It came down to a couple of possessions and unfortunately we didn’t come out on top,” explained Coach Patin.

Junior Brad Brechting scored a total of 21 points for the Red Hawks. Also scoring for the Red Hawks was senior David Kearney with 6 points, sophomore Taylor VanDyke, senior Cameron Link, and senior Kyler Marble each also scored 5 points.

“In any game you play, you want to give yourself a chance at winning. We had opportunities to win, but it just didn’t work out for us,” said Coach Patin.

Also this week, Monday February 3, the boys had their first round of districts against Rockford. The loss against Rockford concludes the season for the Red Hawks. It was a very close game, but the Red Hawks were defeated 59-55.

In the first half, the Rams of Rockford led Cedar Springs into halftime with the score being 36-25. The Red Hawks came back out after halftime trying to fight back, but came up short, scoring 30 more points while Rockford scored 23. Rockford is now advancing to the second round of Districts.

“We talked before the game about leaving everything out on the court and having no regrets. I feel we did that. We fought hard throughout the whole game and just came up short,” stated Coach Patin.

Junior Brad Brecthing led Cedar Springs in points with a total of 33 for the game. Senior Cameron Link also scored for the Red Hawks with a total of 12 points. Senior Dakota Bekins and senior Austin Hilyer also contributed by Bekins scoring 5 points and Hilyer scoring 4.

The community of Cedar Springs would like to congratulate the boys on such a fantastic season.

“Like almost all seasons, this one had its ups and downs as far as wins and losses. One constant was the effort these 14 guys gave every day. The weather this winter brought its scheduling challenges and really disrupted any type of rhythm we could get into, but it was like that for everybody this year,” stated Coach Patin.

Especially, congratulations to the seniors for all of their hard work they have put into the basketball program for the past 4 years.

Coach Patin concluded, “The hardest part of every season is knowing that you won’t have your seniors anymore. We will be graduating 9 this year, and they will be greatly missed.”

 

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Red Hawks take down Northview, fall to West Catholic


Senior Cameron Link scored 22 points for the Red Hawks in their win against Northview last Friday, January 31.

Senior Cameron Link scored 22 points for the Red Hawks in their win against Northview last Friday, January 31.

By Kendra Coons 

 

The varsity boys basketball team conquered their ninth win on Friday, January 31. The Red Hawks defeated the Wildcats of Northview High School 66-49. This win brought their record to 9-1.

“It felt good to play a very good second half against a good team and to come out with a win,” commented head Coach Jeff Patin.

In the first quarter, Cedar Springs scored 10 points. Northview was just behind them coming in at a total of 7 points. In the second quarter, Northview came back and scored 20 points while Cedar Springs scored 9. The score was 27-19 with Northview leading going into halftime. The Red Hawks came back out after halftime and scored 24 more points taking back the lead. The Wildcats scored a total of 9 points in the 3rd quarter making the score 43-36 at the end with the Red Hawks in the lead. In the fourth quarter, Cedar Springs lengthened their lead by adding 23 more points to their score, while Northview added on 13. This made the final score 66-49 with Cedar Springs taking home the win.

“I was very pleased, in general, at how well we shared the ball and found the open man in the second half,” stated Coach Patin.

Senior Cameron Link scored 22 points for the Red Hawks. Coming in close behind Link was senior David Kearney with 17 points, and Junior Brad Brechting also contributed to the Red Hawks score by adding on 14 points.

“I told [the team] I was proud of their effort, as a group, especially in the second half when we had to come back from an 8 point halftime deficit,” explained Coach Patin.

The varsity boys play the Wildcats again, on Friday, February 21, but this time at Northview. It should be a fantastic match-up once again. “We will play [Northview] again, at their place, and it should be a good game,” remarked Patin.

After Friday’s game, the varsity Red Hawk boys took on the Falcons of West Catholic on Saturday, February 1.

In the first quarter, Cedar Springs scored 6 points, while West Catholic scored 8. In the second quarter, West Catholic scored 3 points and Cedar Springs came back and scored a whopping 12 points to take the lead 18-11 going into halftime. After halftime, West Catholic came back and scored 19 points and Cedar Springs only scored 8. West Catholic had taken back the lead. At the end of the third quarter the score was 30-26 in favor of the Falcons. In the fourth quarter the Red Hawks came fighting back and scored 17 points, but the Falcons were just a step ahead of them and scored 16 which kept their lead. The final score of the game was 46-43, with West Catholic defeating the Red Hawks by only 3 points. The loss brings Cedar Springs’ record to 9-2.

“We had a hard time of matching the energy of West Catholic. Friday’s game took a lot out of us physically and emotionally, and I thought that fatigue showed,” said Coach Patin.

Junior Brad Brechting and senior Cameron Link led the Red Hawks in the team’s points. Brechting scored 19 points for the Red Hawks and Link scored 14. Austin Hilyer, Aaron Mabie and Taylor Vandyke also contributed to the Red Hawks score. For West Catholic, Travis Russel, Jason McDonough, and Donovan Carpenter scored a combined total of 35 points for the Falcons.

“We feel like we let one slip away, but the nice part about conference games is that we get another chance to play them,” stated Coach Patin.

The boys varsity basketball team’s next game is Friday, February 7 against Forest Hills Eastern. The game is located in the Red Hawk’s gymnasium and Cedar Springs is looking for their 10th win. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m. so please be there to cheer on your Red Hawks!

“We only have a couple of home games left, FHE being one of them,” noted Coach Patin. “We hope to protect our home floor the rest of the season.”

 

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Red Hawks lose to Panthers in overtime


Brad Brechting led the team in total points scored with 22 against Comstock Park. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

Brad Brechting led the team in total points scored with 22 against Comstock Park. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

By Kendra Coons

 

On Monday, January 20, 2014, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity boys basketball team took on the Panthers of Comstock Park. Before this match-up both teams were undefeated and ranked in Western Michigan. It was a very close game between the two undefeated teams. There was a total of 11 lead changes throughout the game, but in the end, Comstock Park came out on top and beat Cedar Springs 73-69 in overtime.

“I felt we played at a high energy level from the start. The game was back and forth for a while and every possession required that level of energy,” said head Coach Jeff Patin.

In the first period, it was a tight race the whole time, but Comstock Park ended up leading the Red Hawks 14 to 12. The Red Hawks came back fighting hard after the first period and entered into halftime down 5 points. After halftime, the Red Hawks came back out focused and in the third period, the Hawks scored 19 more points to add on to the score. Comstock Park was still on top after they scored 21 points, making it 50-43 at the end of the third period.

The Red Hawks were not willing to give up and at the end of the fourth quarter the Hawks scored a total of 20 points while Comstock Park scored 13. At the end of the fourth quarter, the game was tied 63-63, sending it into overtime. The teams fought hard and the game went back and forth. In the end, Comstock Park scored 10 more points to clinch the victory, while Cedar Springs scored 6. The final score was 73-69 Panthers.

“Comstock Park is a very good team. When you play a team of that caliber every possession is important,” stated Coach Patin.

Cedar Springs’ own Brad Brechting led the team in total points scoring 22. He was 9 for 13 on his two point shots and 4 for 6 on his free throw shots. Cameron Link also came on strong totaling 15 points. Link was 3 for 8 on his 2-point shots and 6 for 9 on his free throws. David Kearney, Aaron Mabie and Nick Krajewski also contributed to the Red Hawks points by scoring some key baskets in the middle of the game. Kearney had a total of 12, and Mabie and Krajewski both came in with 6. Overall, Cedar Springs was 22 for 56 on their shooting. Their shooting percentage for the game ended at 39.3 percent.

Comstock Park’s Jake Bush and Matt Hurley both scored a total of 20 points for the Panthers. Drake Baar came in third in highest scoring for Comstock Park with 14 points. The Panthers beat the Red Hawks in their shooting percentage coming in at 42.9 percent.

The battle between the Panthers and Red Hawks was a hard fought match. The game ended was tied 8 times and the largest lead throughout the whole game was 10 points. After the loss, the Red Hawks record is now 8-1.

“We didn’t finish the game the way we would like to, so we are hoping to learn from that experience,” commented Coach Patin.

On Friday, January 24, the Red Hawks were scheduled to play the West Catholic Falcons. Due to the weather, the game was cancelled and rescheduled to Monday, January 27. Due to weather, the game was also cancelled again. It is now rescheduled to Saturday, February 1. The boys varsity game will be starting around 4:30 pm after the girl’s game. The varsity boys basketball team’s next game is scheduled for Friday, January 31 at Cedar Springs High School. The Red Hawks are matched up against the Wildcats of Northview High School. The Red Hawks are looking for their 9th win. So come on out and support the boys varsity basketball team! Tip-off is at 7:30 pm! Go Red Hawks!

“It should be a very good game,” noted Coach Patin. “Both teams have had some success in the early part of the season, so it should be fun.”

 

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CTA Boys battle, but fall to the Grizzlies of Grattan Academy


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In what has turned into a quite a rivalry over the years, the Chargers put forth their best effort of the year, but it wasn’t quite enough falling 52-46.  Some early misses coupled with some foul trouble to key players led to a slow start, but the Chargers fought through the adversity. “I thought the tempo change in the second quarter utilizing full court pressure and rotation of fresh bodies, coupled with depth, facilitated our comeback.  Our players are inexperienced but work hard in practice to learn their roles with our press and last night we saw some of the fruits from this labor,” explained Coach Bultman after the game.  Fighting is what they did, as they came all the way back and cut the lead to two points with a minute to go, but timely free throw shooting for the Grizzlies ultimately lead to the victory for Grattan.  “I feel we are on the brink of some really good basketball as we drastically reduced our unforced errors,” said Bultman. “With 7 players on the roster who have never played on a basketball team before, this season is a learning experience.  It is great to see the skills improve and see the players come together as a team.”

CTA received a strong game from Dylan Yarrington who led the way with 14 points, and only two turnovers.  Freshman Brandon Beck poured in a career high 15 points, and Derek Winters added 12 points while battling foul trouble. The Chargers have no games next week before they start a very busy stretch on January 28th when they battle the Quad City Mustangs.  The game will be played at the Fremont Rec Center and the game tips at 7:30.

 

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